Diamanda Dramm (1991) premiered the composition ‘Riddles’ by Louis Andriessen in the Concertgebouw at the age of thirteen for the opening of the Holland Festival in 2005. Diamanda grew up among protagonists from the Dutch classical, avant-garde and improvisation scene, which continues to work in her own concerts. In April 2018 Diamanda won the Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award as the first solo string player ever. She recently performed as a soloist with the Metropole Orchestra and made a solo tour through the Netherlands for Club Cross-Linx. She contributed to a publication of new concert etudes written especially for her by Garth Knox. Diamanda is co-founder of Splendor Amsterdam, a collective of 50 musicians who manage their own workshop and stage.
Her new production premiered on stage Ongehoord during Wonderfeel 2019 and has since performed at Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the Canadian Music on Main festival and the Italian MittelFest, among others.
Diamanda Dramm: “The Keep an Eye Production Prize is an amazing opportunity. Especially the connection with Wonderfeel is enormously inspiring: working with a festival that likes to push the boundaries gives me a lot of space and ideas. The award just came at a time when I was dreaming of a bigger and more concrete step for my solo performance – and also wanted to involve other makers. Now I have the support and expertise around me to do that. “
Wonderfeel management: “We are thrilled that the Keep an Eye Foundation is making a production prize available at Wonderfeel. We see it as confirmation that our festival is a place where interesting cultural developments take place. There are many young creative makers around, but the choice for this first award fell on Diamanda Dramm. She is a music pioneer par excellence, and stands out with her multi-instrumental and -disciplinary performances at home and abroad and last year also at Wonderfeel. “